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Responding to these murders, senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki said it was “a great thing.”
The poll was conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki, and was said to have a 3 percent margin of error.
Hamas wants to extend its control beyond Gaza’s borders and onto West Bank Palestinians. To do this, it needs to undermine the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank. Destabilizing the area through acts of armed violence against Israelis promotes this goal by drawing in Israeli security operations, increasing tensions and unrest and weakening the P.A.’s image. The attacks also serve Hamas’s core jihadist ideology against Israel.